These seminars are open to Oxford research students and Faculty members working in international law as well as to visiting scholars. The seminars offer an opportunity for members of the Oxford PIL research community to present their work - at various stages - to fellow students and academics in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Seminars are held weekly in term time, on Wednesday mornings from 09.30 to 10.30, in the Wharton Room in All Souls College. Each week a researcher makes a brief presentation on the subject of his or her research and the topic is then opened for discussion. This is one of the liveliest and most searching forums for discussion of international law in the University, and is an excellent way of keeping up to date in the subject and honing analytical and presentation skills.

MichaelmasTerm 2018 schedule

Week 1: 
10 Oct

INTRODUCTION - Welcoming session

Eleni Methymaki (DPhil)(CR/AT): Domestic Law Before International Courts and Tribunals: A Mapping Exercise

Hannes Jobstl (MPhil)(DA): Rebel Courts: The Legal Framework for the Administration Justice by Non-State Armed Groups

Xiaotian  (Kris) Yu (DPhil)(CR): Interpretation of International Investment Agreements from the Perspective of Contracting Parties

Week 2:
17 Oct

Introductory Session

Jack Kenny (DPhil)(EP/CR): Attribution in International Law with Particular Reference to Cyber Operations​
Xiao Mao (MPhil)(DS): (provisional) Impartiality of Judges at International Courts and Tribunals
Armi Bayot (DPhil)(AT): (Provisional) The vinculum juris in Peace Agreements: an analysis of the “bindingness” of peace agreements upon state parties
Zhuwei Yan (DPhil)(recognised student from CUPL in China): Maritime Delimitation

Week 3:
24 Oct

Brief Introduction: Afonso Seixas-nunes (DPhil): The Possibility and Accountability for the Deployment of Autonomous Weapon System under IHL

Anna Ventouratou (MPhil) (CR/MJ): General International Law Defences in International Adjudication

Week 4:
31 Oct

Eirini Fasia (MPhil) (CR/AT): Erga omnes Obligations and the Dispute Settlement System of The Law of the Sea Convention

Week 5:
7 Nov

Emilie McDonnell (MPhil)(MJ/CC): The Right to Leave in International Law: Securing the Human Rights and Agency of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Other Migrants

Week 6:
14 Nov

Katie Johnson (MSt) (CR) Derogation and the Scope of the jus cogens Norm in the jus ad bellum

Week 7:
21 Nov

Tsvetelina Van Benthem (MPhil) (DA): The Unpredictability Trap: Challenges to State Responsibility for Actions of Militarised Artificial Intelligence

Week 8:
28 Nov

Emilie McDonnell (MPhil) (MJ/CC): The Right to Leave in International Law: Securing the Human Rights and Agency of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Other Migrants

Week 1:
16 Jan

Week 2:
24 January

Benjamin Kyrill Nussberger (visiting student)
Week 3:
30 January
Sotirios-Ioannis Lekkas  (DPhil) (AT): Duality of Responsibility in International Law

Week 4:
6 February

Reserved for Navy students
Week 5:
13 February